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Tobacco penalties from today in UAE

Tobacco penalties from today in UAE

| January 21, 2014

People breaking the UAE’s new anti-tobacco law face the risk of being fined from today, according to a Khaleej Times story. Enforcement agencies across the emirates are expected to target people smoking in cars containing young people, people selling cigarettes to minors and people operating shisha joints in restricted areas. Anyone caught smoking in a […]

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Korea’s health-cost claims could reach court sooner than had been expected

Korea’s health-cost claims could reach court sooner than had been expected

| January 17, 2014

South Korea’s National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) said yesterday that it would decide the details of its compensation suit against KT&G and other tobacco manufacturers at a board meeting on Jan. 24, according to a story in The Korea Times. “The board will decide when to file the suit and how much it will seek […]

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JT’s domestic sales rose in December

JT’s domestic sales rose in December

| January 17, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during December, at 10.4 billion, was increased by 1.1 percent on that of December 2012, 10.3 billion, according to preliminary figures issued by the company today. The December 2012 figure was down by 4.5 percent on that of December 2011. Volume during April–December, at 89.7 billion, was up […]

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India’s tobacco exports keep rising

India’s tobacco exports keep rising

| January 17, 2014

India’s tobacco and tobacco products exports are expected to have earned INR50 billion in the financial year to the end of March, 29 percent more than was earned during the year to the end of March 2013, according to a story in the most recent issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. Despite this increase […]

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Smugglers fast-tracking in Malaysia

Smugglers fast-tracking in Malaysia

| January 17, 2014

Smugglers intent on delivering cigarettes to Malaysia are doubling the horsepower of their boats and using their extensive knowledge of channel systems in a bid to outrun Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officers, according to a story in The Star. The MMEA says, too, that the Malaysian-based smugglers are working with syndicates from neighbouring countries. […]

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Mighty expansion of CSR program

Mighty expansion of CSR program

| January 17, 2014

Philippine cigarette manufacturer Mighty Corp. says it will this year embark on a three-pronged assistance program to benefit 65,000 tobacco farmers in the Cagayan Valley and Ilocos Region. Executive Vice President Oscar Barrientos said the company had allocated PHP10 million for the distribution of agricultural equipment and tools to be used by groups of organized […]

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Altria to host results webcast Jan. 30

Altria to host results webcast Jan. 30

| January 17, 2014

The Altria Group is due to host a live audio webcast at www.altria.com from 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Jan. 30 to discuss its 2013 fourth-quarter and full-year business results. The company will issue a press note with its business results about 7 a.m. the same day. During the webcast, which will be in listen-only […]

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Imperial plant wins employee care award

Imperial plant wins employee care award

| January 17, 2014

Imperial Tobacco’s cigarette factory in Antsirabe has been recognized for the high level of respect and care shown to employees. Imperial’s subsidiary Sacimem was among 150 businesses to take part in a government scheme to evaluate health and safety as well as employee well-being. The Sacimem factory, with 143 employees, was chosen as the best […]

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Doubt cast on illicit tobacco trade claims

Doubt cast on illicit tobacco trade claims

| January 16, 2014

Research in South Africa has cast doubt on previous claims about the extent and effects of the illicit cigarette trade in South Africa. In the conclusions to a research paper published yesterday by Tobacco Control, professor Corné van Walbeek of the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town said that, other than in […]

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US legislators concerned about impact of trade deals on tobacco regulation

US legislators concerned about impact of trade deals on tobacco regulation

| January 16, 2014

Six members of the Iowa House and Senate have written to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and attorneys general in 22 other states, asking whether new international trade deals will affect the ability of states to legislate in the public interest—for instance in respect of tobacco. According to a story in the Des Moines Register, […]

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Bommidala takes cut tobacco award

Bommidala takes cut tobacco award

| January 16, 2014

Bommidala Enterprises, part of the BBM Bommidala Group, has won the award for being India’s top exporter of cut tobacco during 2013. The group, whose business interests include unmanufactured tobacco, cut rag, cigarettes and duty-free goods, has now won the Certificate of Excellence for cut tobacco exports for seven consecutive years. The award was presented […]

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Logical move

Logical move

| January 16, 2014

E-cigarette company Logic Technology has opened its new corporate headquarters in Pompano Beach, Florida, USA. It was previously based in Livingston, New Jersey, USA. In a press note, Logic said its new headquarters would help it meet the growing adult smoker demand for its products. “The new facilities will house the executive team as well […]

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American Grizzly supports conservation

American Grizzly supports conservation

| January 16, 2014

American Snuff Company, which is part of Reynolds American and manufactures Grizzly moist snuff, has awarded donations totaling a quarter of a million dollars to two nonprofit outdoor conservation organizations. Through the Grizzly Outdoor Corps promotion, the company is donating $130,000 and $120,000 to the Boone and Crockett Club and the FishAmerica Foundation, respectively. Reynolds […]

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New Brunswick store owner takes stand on legality of e-cigarette sales

New Brunswick store owner takes stand on legality of e-cigarette sales

| January 15, 2014

A store owner who sells e-cigarettes is fighting an order from Health Canada to stop, according to a CBC News story. Ryanne Pineda, whose business at Fredericton, New Brunswick, also produces e-liquids, says he has a growing clientele of more than 2,000 local and online customers for vaping kits, which are sold for between $25 […]

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Big penalties for illicit smoking in Bali

Big penalties for illicit smoking in Bali

| January 15, 2014

People caught breaking no-smoking regulations in public places in Bali could find themselves on the wrong end of an IDR50 million (US$4,000) fine or a jail term of three months, according to a baldidiscovery.com story. The story said that the Smoke-free Areas Provincial Law No.7, 2013, was now in effect in Bali. The regulations stipulate […]

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New look for Peace and Hope in Japan

New look for Peace and Hope in Japan

| January 15, 2014

Japan Tobacco Inc. said today that it was redesigning its Peace Lights Box and Peace Super Lights Box products. The company said the new design was aimed at imparting a heightened sense of luxury to two products, but that their flavor and aroma would be unchanged. The redesigned products are due to be rolled out […]

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Stop smoking operation being wheeled in

Stop smoking operation being wheeled in

| January 15, 2014

Smokers in Yorkshire, England, are facing pressure to give up their habit before undergoing routine surgery, according to a story in the Yorkshire Post. The Stop Before Your Op program is being introduced in the Vale of York in the first part of a campaign by the local NHS (National Health Service) to tackle problems […]

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Major US tobacco manufacturers prepare for year of public ‘self flagellation’

Major US tobacco manufacturers prepare for year of public ‘self flagellation’

| January 14, 2014

Altria, Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard are preparing a full-page mea culpa to run in the Sunday editions of the US’ ‘top’ 35 newspapers, as online notices for those papers’ websites and as prime-time television spots to run for a full year on CBS, ABC, and NBC, according to a story by Clara […]

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Australian state expected to introduce smoking bans in multi-unit housing

Australian state expected to introduce smoking bans in multi-unit housing

| January 14, 2014

The government of the Australian state of New South Wales is expected to ban cigarette smoking in multi-unit housing, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corp. story. The story was carried, too, in the Newcastle Herald newspaper, where Matthew Kelly reported that the ban would apply to “common areas” of multi-unit housing. The ABC piece said […]

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Health minister delivers fighting talk

Health minister delivers fighting talk

| January 14, 2014

Sri Lanka’s health minister, Maithripala Sirisena, has said he is prepared to face up to any challenge that the fight against smoking might throw up, according to a story in the Daily News. Addressing a gathering after an “anti-smoking walk” in Colombo on Monday, he said, “No one will be able to stop our fight […]

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UAE looks at imposing plain packaging

UAE looks at imposing plain packaging

| January 14, 2014

Anti-tobacco proposals have been put forward in the UAE that would impose “plain packaging” on cigarettes and double the price of tobacco products within two years, according to a Gulf News story quoting a health ministry official. And these are perhaps more than proposals. “The law is expected to be enforced throughout the GCC by […]

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Anti-tobacco campaign to be televised

Anti-tobacco campaign to be televised

| January 13, 2014

A three-month anti-tobacco campaign on Bangladeshi television is seeking to create awareness about the adverse impacts of tobacco and motivate people to abide by the provisions of the country’s new tobacco control act, according to a story in The Financial Express quoting a UNB news agency report. The campaign, which is said to have been […]

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A quarter of French cigarettes illicit

A quarter of French cigarettes illicit

| January 13, 2014

Sales of cigarettes in France, which dropped about 7.6 percent last year, were impacted by high taxes and, to a lesser extent, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, according to an Agence France Presse story. Pascal Montredon, the head of the French association of tobacco shop owners, blamed the drop in sales on recent tax hikes. […]

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Mighty gets behind tobacco dust sales

Mighty gets behind tobacco dust sales

| January 13, 2014

The Philippine tobacco company Mighty Corp. has said it will promote the use of tobacco dust as an organic fertilizer and pesticide so as to help at least 3 million tobacco farmers and their families earn more money than they currently earn, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “We are going to […]

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Tobacco business levy to end in Scotland

Tobacco business levy to end in Scotland

| January 13, 2014

An extra business rate that has been levied on Scotland’s larger shops selling alcohol and tobacco will end in 2015, according to a BBC Online story quoting Scottish ministers. The news was welcomed by the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC), which has opposed the tax. The levy was aimed at larger retailers selling alcohol and tobacco, […]

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